News, December 19th

 

SNOW DAY IN RF VALLEY

 

Glenwood Springs- School was cancelled today in the Roaring Fork Re-1district due to the heavy snow and dangerous road conditions.  Students from Glenwood Springs to Basalt got their first,official snow day of the school year but they weren’t so lucky in other areas.  Despite getting several inches of snow, classes in Aspen, Rifle, New Castle, Silt and Parachute went on as scheduled.  The storm is moving east and flights in and out of Denver International Airport are experiencing some minor delays.  If you are picking someone up at D-I-A or are catching a flight, check the status with your respective airline.

GARCO SHERIFF TOUTS SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER PROGRAM

 

Glenwood Springs- Last week’s horrific tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut has sparked a great deal of debate about gun control and school safety.  In response to concerns expressed at a special county year-end meeting, Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario touts the School Resource Officer (SRO) program that was implemented by local law enforcement agencies some years ago.  He says while it isn’t fool-proof, it has been very successful in keeping campuses and students safe.

 

SENATOR UDALL BRACING FOR NEXT WILDFIRE SEASON

 

Washington, D.C.- Colorado U.S. Senator Mark Udall wants to be ready for the next wildfire season.  Udall is co-sponsoring legislation that would set aside over 650 million dollars for firefighting and fire prevention.  Udall says even with a good winter with lots of snowpack, 2013 is expected to worse than last year for wildfires in Colorado.  2012 was the worst wildfire year in state history with the Waldo Canyon and High Park Fires.  Udall says he wants to have crews, equipment and planes ready to go next year when the first fire hits.

 

FORMER COLORADO GOVERNOR MENTIONED FOR CABINET POST

 

Denver- Former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter says he has not received a call from the White House about becoming the next energy secretary.  Current Energy Secretary Steven Chu is reportedly leaving President Obama’s administration next year and Bill Ritter’s name has been mentioned as a replacement.  Ritter gained national attention during his one term as governor of Colorado for his policies that led to a boom in the renewable energy industry.  Colorado is considered a leader in solar and wind energy technology. 

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